It’s finally the weekend and time to choose MTV Iggy’s Artist of the Week!
This is a round-up of the best global bands we found this week. You have a week, until next Friday morning at 9 a.m. USA Eastern Standard Time to vote for your favorite new artist on MTV Iggy, using the bottom poll!
The band with the most votes will be have prime real estate on MTVIggy.com this week, along with a tell-all interview!
Minor Soul –or Jack and Max Wagner are only 20 and 18, respectively, but they’ve got enough business savvy to swim with music industry sharks three times their age. The British-French brothers, which together form the rock-folk-pop duo Minor Soul, have relocated to New York from their childhood home of Hong Kong in order to better pursue their dreams of mainstream success. These boys don’t bother with indie pretensions; last summer, they enlisted legendary rock producer and Eurythmics member Dave Stewart to record their first yet-unreleased album in L.A., featuring radio-keen ballads like “Alice” and pop love songs like “Beneath My Skin.”
Miriam Bryant, with just one single out, English-born, Swedish-raised, 21-year-old chanteuse Miriam Bryant is already garnering apt (and probably unwanted) comparisons to Adele. It’s in the Grammy-winner’s way that Miriam’s track “Finders, Keepers” hits you right in the gut with a soulful, if not slightly gritty voice and pained, dramatic orchestral pop production (courtesy of her friend Victor Rådström). Miriam is relatively new to the world and the land of music buzz, so for now the single is speaking for her.
Aqua Nebula Oscillator
Aqua Nebula Oscillator, from Paris, specialize in churning, propulsive stoner rock with occult overtones, a calling that has earned them the affection of discerning metal heads across Europe. The quartet excels at acid-fueled overdrive, but they’re far from a one trick cave beast. In fact, they’re at their most deliciously ghoulish when they slow it down and really get unhinged. “Incandescence,” one of the down-tempo jams off their recently released album Third, sounds like The Beatles were brainwashed into becoming Satanic French monks. We think you’ll like the way it makes the your hair stand on end just a little.
Kwesta is newbie MC from Johannesburg with tight party rhymes you’d mistake for New York City mainstream radio. Having built a career from scratch beginning in a makeshift studio in his parents’ house in 2003, 24-year-old Kwesta has been steadily rising the ranks of SA hip-hop dropping demos and singles, earning him a rep for being one of the country’s most promising young acts. In 2010 he saw his name in lights when he took part in “Everywhere You Go,” the SA World Cup anthem featuring Kelly Rowland and 2face. His new album Special Rekwest is filled with dirty dance beats and positive rhymes.
We sincerely hope that Mishal Moore is the next breakout star pouring soulful music into your eardrums. On her new I’m Not A Hipster EP, Mishal hits notes of R&B, UK garage, folk music, even some vaguely classical-sounding things, and packages it all together into something that sounds really, really new. On I’m Not A Hipster, her songs are full of lush arrangements of vocal harmonies, sprinklings of percussion, sly basses, face-eating synths, and even some ukulele, which Moore provides herself.